Women are so often pushed to the background. We get lost in putting our families and others before ourselves, or our society demands that we stay in the shadows. When our stories are not seen or heard our needs, safety, priorities, ideas become invisible. 


When we define and write our stories, and share them we become visible. In the past, throughout history, it has been a point of strength for women to come together, support one another, and to tell their stories. 


In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the following posters are part of a storytelling process that supported Syrian refugee women living in Lebanon. Participants shared their experiences and chose symbols to represent their message - illustrating their fight, courage, and struggle and the impact they have made in the lives of those around them. 

Batoul:
"This image represents myself and my dreams. Here I am - self-assured, and strong and smart. The image of the book represents my aspiration to become a professor. The message of peace (salaam) woven into my scarf in Arabic represents my desire to show the world that Islam is a religion of peace. The window in the back shows both my own space and privacy, and that I am a woman who is always looking outside myself."

Batoul:
"This image represents myself and my dreams. Here I am - self-assured, and strong and smart. The image of the book represents my aspiration to become a professor. The message of peace (salaam) woven into my scarf in Arabic represents my desire to show the world that Islam is a religion of peace. The window in the back shows both my own space and privacy, and that I am a woman who is always looking outside myself."

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